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‘Tomato/Tomaaato’: Oil on Canvas 30″ x 40″

‘Tomato/Tomaaato’: Oil on Canvas 30″ x 40″
The colours explode in a frenzy of reds and yellows in this display at the Jean Talon-Market in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood.

From my continuing series of ‘Foodscapes’.


Van Gogh meets Monet: A conversation

Van Gogh Meets Monet‘:

Concept, Text, Art Direction, Set-up, Background Painting (‘Country Road, PEI’), Photography: Robert Kramberger

(Van Gogh, Monet Figures: “Little Thinkers” series, The Unemployed Philosophers Guild)

Imagine if these two gentlemen had been painting side-by-side (they did meet in Paris, but never worked together) on a lovely day, in the French countryside (my painting, ‘Country Road, PEI’, substitutes for rural, 19 century France).

The premise of the scene:

Van Gogh’s paintings have fetched some of the highest prices for art; but he had sold only one painting during his lifetime (for a relative pittance). Unfortunately, he had difficulty garnering attention and respect for his work and never realized financial gain prior to his death in 1890 (self inflicted gunshot, or not).

Monet, on the other hand, had become somewhat of a sensation by 1886 (when this fictitious “en plein air” meeting would have taken place). His paintings were fetching handsome prices by then, allowing him to finally enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle, up until his own passing in 1926.

What would have been the tone of their conversation? I have added my suggestion below.

And what do you think they would say to one another? Go  ahead, add your own caption.

Van Gogh: “Bloody hell! You get 200 francs for that? Hrmph!

Monet: “Umm…is it time for lunch, yet?”



“What A Choice!”: Oil on Canvas 30″ x 36″

“What A Choice!”: Oil on Canvas 30″ x 36″

Call it “Food for Art”, or just simply “Foodscapes”. Another  in my new series devoted to food that is both delicious and delectable to the eye. Art that looks and tastes good!  (A figure of speech, of course; please do not attempt to eat the canvas).

Pricing a Painting, Inch by Inch

‘Tugboat: Pictou, N.S.’ 2014 – Oil on Canvas, 24” x 30”

The price? How much is this painting really worth and how in the world did the artist come up with this apparently arbitrary figure?

Well, this mysterious amount does have a rational origin, and is not merely pulled out of thin air. So how is it determined?

There are numerous methods to determining the price for a painting. Some artists will simply assign a table based on a few categories of size, i.e. small, medium and large. Others may opt for a more precise, calculated model to establish value. And it’s not just labour that should be considered: materials are also a factor. Oil paints, depending on their quality, can cost two to three times that of acrylics. On a large-scale painting, this could be a considerable cost of production.

Then, there is always the market to consider: how does a particular artist’s work compare to other works of similar caliber? What is the history of sales for the artist? And what can the market support?

Framing is another issue. Often times, art buyers are not aware of the costs of quality, custom framing vs. ready-made products found off-the-shelf. For this reason, artists may offer works “framed or unframed” as options. (Note: I plan to delve into this topic more thoroughly in a future blog).

So, what is the price of ‘Tugboat: Pictou, N.S.’?

I have used the tried and true “dollar per square inch” model. Depending on variables mentioned earlier, a dollar figure is determined (I have established $0.85 per square inch for this work) and then multiplied accordingly.

This painting is 24” x 30”. Therefore, 720 square inches multiplied by $0.85 = $612 (rounded to $625 for uniformity and clarity), unframed. Note: This is my private sale price. A mark-up would likely be applied if sold through a gallery, as they tend to take as much as 50% in commissions on final sale price (another major topic to explore in the near future).

Would you like that framed or unframed?

– Robert Kramberger

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a good painting is priceless.